Bottom Paint Completed!

Today was another long, long day, but some good progress was made. The bottom is finally finished!

First thing this morning I filled and sanded a few imperfections that had become visible now that the first layers of barrier coat were on. After that we painted another layer of gray barrier coat:

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The reason for the different color of barrier coat is so that I can track wear better. When the gray wears through I’ll know it when I see the white.

We immediately progressed to the antifouling bottom coat while the barrier coat was still tacky dry to ensure a good chemical bond between the layers. The bottom coat is black, and makes her look very strong!

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It was very satisfying to pull the tape off and see the bottom finally complete!

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By then it was starting to get dark, but we worked as fast as possible and just managed to get a coat on the topsides before the boat yard closed. It was dark, so hard to see in these pics, but she’s starting to look pretty good!

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So after three months the bottom is finally repaired and she’s almost ready to go back in the water. Quite a journey so far! Here’s a little recap:

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